- New Year’s Day and January 2nd
- Eid Holidays
- Islamic New Year
- Prophet’s Birthday
- Commemoration Day
- UAE National Day
Wondering when you next have some bonus days off? It’s no surprise that, with the vast array of places to explore and things to do, the private and public holidays in the UAE are eagerly anticipated. So, with staycations and vacations in mind, get those calendars out as we reveal the list of expected private and public UAE holidays 2022.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN UAE 2022
For those looking to plan ahead, the following days are likely to be observed as public holidays in UAE in 2022. Here’s a quick overview of the UAE public holidays 2022 calendar.
Please note that many of the following UAE public holidays are tentative, based on the sighting of the moon. The actual dates will be confirmed by official authorities during the Islamic months they fall under.
Additionally, the dates for this list of UAE public holidays may change once the UAE Government announces the official list.
To stay updated, bookmark this UAE holidays calendar 2022 and keep checking back for the confirmed dates!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1ST – NEW YEAR’S DAY
The first holiday in UAE 2022 is New Year’s Day! However, the new year holiday in the UAE falls during the weekend, which means that UAE residents will not receive an extra day off, unless they normally work on Saturdays.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 2ND
In December 2021 the UAE Government announced that the public sector would transition to a Saturday/Sunday weekend and shorter working week. As part of the announcement, it was confirmed that Sunday 2nd January 2022 would become a public holiday. This additional holiday will smooth the transition into the country’s first ever Monday/Friday working week, which will commence on Monday 3rd January 2022.
WHEN ARE THE EID HOLIDAYS IN UAE 2022?
Muslims in the UAE celebrate two Eids each year: Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.
The first Eid holidays in the UAE 2022 will be for Eid Al Fitr expected to start at the end of April. Meanwhile, the holidays for Eid Al Adha in the UAE are expected to be in the second week of July 2022.
SATURDAY APRIL 30TH – WEDNESDAY MAY 4TH– EID AL FITR (FIRST EID HOLIDAYS IN UAE 2022)
The holidays for Eid Al Fitr in UAE 2022 will mark the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. For 2022, the Eid Al Fitr holidays in the UAE will be from the 29th day of Ramadan to the 3rd day of Shawwal.
The exact dates are subject to moon-sighting, however, the 29th day of Ramadan will most likely be on Saturday 30th April 2022. This would mean a long weekend for employees of the UAE public sector.
FRIDAY, JULY 8TH – ARAFAT HOLIDAYS IN UAE
Before the second Eid holidays of 2022, there is a holiday for Arafat Day, the Islamic occasion that marks the second day of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. On this day, Muslim pilgrims will travel from Mina to a nearby hill, known as Mount Arafat. This is expected to fall on Friday – July 8th, 2022.
SUNDAY, JULY 10TH to TUESDAY, JULY 12TH – EID AL ADHA (SECOND EID HOLIDAYS IN UAE 2022)
The next major public holiday in the UAE 2022 will be for Eid Al Adha, which follows the Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj). This translates to a ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ and honours the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.
This year, Eid Al Adha and Arafat Day will fall on Dhu Al-Hijjah 9 until Dhu Al-Hijjah 12, 1443, these dates on the Gregorian calendar fall on Saturday, July 10th 2022 to Tuesday, July 12th 2022. This means that residents will receive a long break when combined with the weekend!
During the holidays for Eid Al Adha 2022 in the UAE, you can explore some of the best resorts in the UAE! Check back on MyBayut for the best staycation offers during the Eid Al Adha holidays in the UAE.
Please note that this UAE Eid holidays 2022 will depend on the sighting of the moon and are subject to change.
SATURDAY, JULY 30TH – AL HIJRI (ISLAMIC NEW YEAR IS A GOVERNMENT HOLIDAY IN THE UAE)
The next UAE national holiday in 2022 will mark the beginning of the Islamic New Year. The new Hijri Year (1444) will begin from Muharram 1 and is dependent on moon sightings.
As per the latest federal government announcement, this upcoming public holiday in the UAE holiday has been locked for Sunday, July 31st. However, with the changes in the working week, most workers will have their weekly off day on the 31st.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH – PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S (PBUH) BIRTHDAY
Another one of the UAE public holidays that residents can look forward to will fall in October 2022. The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday is celebrated by Muslims in the UAE on 12th Rabi Al Awwal, as per the Islamic lunar calendar. This is also expected to fall on Saturday, October 8th in 2022.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 – COMMEMORATION DAY
Commemoration Day is observed to recognise the sacrifice of Emirati martyrs. This will be one of the last official government holidays in the UAE for the year 2022. This holiday will fall on Thursday, December 1st, 2022.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 – UAE NATIONAL DAY
The last government holiday in the UAE in 2022 will be for the country’s National Day, which is celebrated annually on December 2. In 2022 this will fall on a Friday, which means that residents can expect a four-day long weekend in the UAE when combined with Commemoration Day.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE WORKING WEEK IN THE UAE?
Read all about the recent changes to the weekend cycle in the UAE in our comprehensive article.
CAN THERE BE CHANGES TO THESE HOLIDAYS?
Yes, all Islamic holidays are subject to moon sightings and are yet to be confirmed.
And that wraps up our list of upcoming public holidays in the UAE for 2022! These holidays in the UAE provide a great chance for families to plan for a holiday trip from Dubai and other emirates.
Families can visit some of the best destinations for holidays from across the world including the USA, Europe, Far East and Africa. Residents can also go on short or long solo trips from Dubai to different countries across the globe. Start planning your vacations or staycations to get the best deals on flights, hotels and activities.
Those who do not want to leave the country during holidays can enjoy their time in their city with friends and family. They can check out an array of fun things to do in Dubai and in other emirates including upscale eateries, beaches, parks and historic sites.
Bear in mind that the exact dates for this list of holidays in the UAE may change throughout the year.
There will be a lot happening around the city for the national holidays throughout the year. So if you are searching for some more fun things to do during the UAE holidays 2022, stay tuned to MyBayut for updates on the hottest events, activities and attractions!